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Wed, May 9, 2018 3:05 PM

Live Poll: IMDb Poll Board TOP 5 TV Shows

Each IMDb Poll Member has selected their own top five favorite TV Shows.

Of their following choices, which one would fit you pick the most?

Note: Take into consideration also the order.

Chihiro:

1. Game of Thrones (2011)
2. The Sopranos (1999) 
3. The Wire (2002)
4. Breaking Bad (2008)
5. Twin Peaks (1990)


List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026689829/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/AChsyGvjy3M/

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2 years ago

Easy
The Simpsons
The Cosby Show
Malcolm in the Middle
Friends
South Park

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No Dramas... :(

Love Friends!

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Nope, and the 6th choice was The Benny Hill Show
My life is enough a drama for my taste :)

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"The Benny Hill Show" (all iterations of it) is quite great and I am sad that it's not remembered for it's better and smarter parts but for rather dated and sexist ones. 

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2 years ago

Hell no to “Twin Peaks”. Sure it was a phenomenon when it started because of a hint of a good mystery. But when it got to weird for people’s taste and when it got revealed that Lynch was making it up as he was going along with no real solid solution to the mystery to begin with, viewers left the show like crazy. You never write a mystery unless you have the solution already firmly planned and created before you start it. Mysteries are written backwards with the solution first so the writer has a clear direction to the piece. The show had no direction. Even “Lost” had a more loyal and a bigger following than TP. ( In fact, the title “Twin Peaks” sounds like they took it from of the jokes Johnny Carson did of Art Fern, host of the tea time movie skit on “The Tonight Show”.)

So my offerings for replacement for the “Twin Peaks” entry are:

- Lost

- Star Trek

- Star Trek: The Bext Generation

- Grey’s Anatomy

- The Simpsons

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But Twin Peaks wasn't your typical whodunit. The weirdness was the main attraction and the element that makes it still worthwhile. It would have been better if they never had revealed the solution, and that's what Lynch and Frost intended.

Despite its weak later episodes, Twin Peaks earns a spot in my list.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Mr. Bean
The Simpsons
Twin Peaks

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Albstein, no. That was not their intention at all. He never wanted to reveal who the killer was because it was just a hook, a teaser to get you to watch the show. There was no killer at all orginnially planned. It was the execs from ABC who forced Lynch and Frost to reveal the killer. Why? Because even the execs were smart enough to know that the audience would eventually get tired of the constant tease and leave. Even “The Mentalist” has to eventually reveal the killer in order to stay on the air.

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The first part of what you wrote is exactly what I meant. Lynch and Frost never intended to reveal the killer. After they were forced to make up a solution, public interest quickly waned and the ratings dropped. The mystery around Laura Palmer's murderer was the big macguffin, not important in itself, but a hook to stay tuned and impulse for the main storyline.

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I remember Twin Peaks was such a phenomenon, everyone thought it was going to be a straight whodunit, it's not like the name David Lynch rang a bell to everybody and TV channels were all advertising the show with that interrogation mark about the mysterious killer, it was all about "who killed Laura Palmer?".

Everyone was talking about the series but after a few episodes, it became clear that the show was getting weirder and creepier, and it became more associated with bizarre horror than everything else, I could never watch an episode without having a pillow next to me to cover my eyes... not that I watched everyone of them... and my brother was scared by the TV teasers lol.

It was such a big deal when the episode ended and I was still believe they were gonna tell us who killed Laura Palmer but seriously, I didn't see that ending coming.

But you know what scared me the most in the show, it was the picture of Laura Palmer in the ending credits, not the picture itself but the fact that she's a smiling girl in the picture yet there are so many macabre creepiness associated with her, that's how powerful Lynch can be.

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But the main story was finding out who killed her! Hence, a paradox.

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You mean a contradiction? On a plot-level, solving the murder was central, yes. But it's less about "what" happened, and more about "how", not even "how do they solve it", but more "how do these quirky people (who solve the crime) behave and interact with each other". You end up with many scenes and sideplots that are only loosely connected to the central case.

Maybe the audience did expect a typical whodunit, they tuned in because they wanted to know how it ends, but that's not what Lynch and Frost were most interested in. The audience back then was not yet ready for this kind of outlandish show, but I think the most important reason why it's still watched and today is not the question "Who did it?" (we can all look that up on Wikipedia).

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Twin Peaks might be the only show that I loved every single character. Lynch and Frost didn't want to give answers, they wanted to raise questions. The atmosphere of Twin Peaks it's amazing, cinematography perfect. It shattered all boundaries of US TV. I just love that brilliant mind of Lynch.

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Twin Peaks might be the only show that I loved every single character. Lynch and Frost didn't want to give answers, they wanted to raise questions. The atmosphere of Twin Peaks it's amazing, cinematography perfect. It shattered all boundaries of US TV. I just love that brilliant mind of Lynch.

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I must admit, I loved Twin Peaks (2017) even more then original series and I am also in the league of people who really like initially panned Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1990)

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Chihiro, Or shall I say Migjen Toska(?) that was NOT my picks for your poll. Those were suggested replacements for the “Twin Peaks” entry on your list that I felt could easily fill that spot and was just as big a phnom as Twin Peaks was.
Understand, I agree with everyone’s picks except for “Twin Peaks”.
My list would be more mainstream but based on shows that went into syndication heaven and were still being shown and talked about 40 to 50 AFTER it’s last show aired. If That isn’t a testament how these shows stood the test of time, what is?
1 - any show of the Star Trek franchise especially “Star Trek”+ and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
2- The Twilight Zone
3 - M*A*S*H
4 - The Andy Griffith Show
5 - “Law And Order” or “Law and Order: Special Victim Unit”
6 - Doctor Who
7 - Jonny Quest*
8 - Firefly*

* have the complete series
+ have the first season and the complete “Star Trek: The Animated Series” and almost all of the movies.

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dgranger, I removed you from the list.

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Thank you

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If you want to put my list up, please do so. After all, there are a lot of Star Trek fans out there and it is indeed one of the largest franchises in USA tevelvision and movie history. Just take the top five .

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Of course. Just let me know your TOP 5. Order is important too, so take it into consideration.

Thank you.

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They are in order.

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Okey, just make the first one just “Star Trek” . That will represent the whole franchise. Then just use the next four on the list, not the other shows in the Star Trek franchise.

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2 years ago

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Firefly
  3. Vikings
  4. Babylon 5
  5. Rome & Spartacus

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I added Rome. If you want to change, let me know. Thanks.

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2 years ago

That will be something very hard to do, as I have dar more favorite TV shows, then 5...

Let's say for now it is:
Twin Peaks (2017)
Mr. Bean (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
M*A*S*H (1972)
Gotham (2014)

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Thanks, it is always hard to pick TOP 5 or TOP 10.

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coherenteducation, you most watch old one first. New season is so confusing in it's own, so you must watch old one first to have a chance to understand.

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coherenteducation it's hard to say, but I watched "Twin Peaks" (2017) with friends and before that we binged original series (I've seen it before, they haven't) as well as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014). It seems that it helped us greatly, although arguably the movies might be even more essential to the new show then original two seasons. It might certainly be problematic to understand the plot of the new show without earlier installements. I still find them great and as much as Season 2 often gets panned, the character of Windom Earle is worth watching on his own. Plus, there is a genius ensemble cast in both seasons and movies. 

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2 years ago

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Thank you.

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2 years ago

Hard to pick just 5 but here goes:

1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
2. Rick and Morty (2013– )
3. Friends (1994–2004)
4. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
5. Mad Men (2007–2015)

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2 years ago

Wow, this is hard. It would be easier to do one for comedy and one for drama, but anyway, here are mine:

1. Friends (1994–2004)
2. Game of Thrones (2011– )
3. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )
4. Frasier (1993–2004)
5. Lost (2004–2010)

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2 years ago

This was hard; I couldn't decide how to cut some of them so I just chose the ones that have been on longer. The too close ones were Preacher, The Good Place, and Rick and Morty.


1. Scrubs 
2. Community 
3. Mad Men
4. Peaky Blinders
5. Dexter

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2 years ago

Thank you everyone for participating.

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For Dibyayan's picks, you should list Band of Brothers instead of GoT, since that's his #1.

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Jessica, already did. Thanks.

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2 years ago

Jessica and coherenteducation

A poll about Sitcoms is actually done IMDb Poll Board Favorite Sitcoms, it's different but still I wanted to make one including all. Actually I don't take much serious sitcoms to be on my TOP 5.